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  1. Courtesy of Circa Sports. Saturday, September 5 San Jose State at Central Michigan -2, total 63.5 Louisiana Tech -6 at UNLV total 56.5 New Mexico at Mississippi State -28, total 61.5 Nevada at Arkansas -7, total 60.5 Georgia Southern at Boise State -12, total 47.5
  2. Dear Spartan Athletics Fund Members, In the past, there have been times when our "Spartan Up" hand gesture was misinterpreted as an "okay" sign (forefinger and thumb making a circle) and not the proper gesture, which is a flat pinch of the forefinger and thumb. Sometimes the printed gesture looked more like a circle than a pinch. Unfortunately, the "okay" sign gesture has been associated with white supremacy groups. Therefore, I wanted to let you know that due to the confusion, and at times improper use of the gesture, our current "Spartan Up" hand gesture will no longer be used. The phrase "Spartan Up" will continue to be part of our marketing and branding efforts, and a formal press release will be distributed soon. We all agree that the gesture had become part of the fabric and footprint of our University, however when the gesture is used improperly, it is offensive to some members of our University family. Today, more than ever, we need to listen and be willing to make changes that can create a more unified campus community. So, with the creative minds we have in the Athletics Marketing department, we will look forward to future discussions regarding new traditions, new opportunities and new beginnings. Sincerely, Marie Tuite Athletics Director
  3. Wolf Pack Nation, I hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy. Governor Sisolak recently announced our state’s move in to Phase 2 of the recovery plan and University President Marc Johnson announced the move of our campus into Phase 2 of our own re-opening plan beginning earlier this month. While these are important steps, we still have a long road ahead of us. Our team continues to work diligently with our medical staff and other experts to determine our plans and procedures for our return to competition this fall. And to be clear, these plans will continue to evolve over the next few months as we all learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak and the steps we need to take to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. While much more is still to be decided, I want to briefly share with you some plans based on what we know now. We will have a significantly reduced available capacity at Mackay Stadium and other facilities on campus as we open the 2020-21 athletics season. How much is to be determined but it is anticipated that capacity at Mackay will be less than 50 percent of the stadium, which has about 27,000 seats. We are examining different models for seating configurations that work best with social distancing protocols in place. While we work to finalize these details and our capacity for the 2020 season, we will prioritize accommodation for season-ticketholders who renewed their tickets from the 2019 season. The initial deadline for renewal was June 3 but has been extended until June 30. We are also working on developing safe social distancing plans and processes, and acquiring the necessary sanitizing equipment for the stadium. Those protocols could also include reduced concessions options and the need for everyone in the stadium – fans, ushers, staff, etc. – to wear masks or face coverings while in Mackay. We will also be transitioning to a digital ticketing system beginning this fall. More information on this will be coming this summer, including how to download tickets to your smartphone. I also want to be clear that we are treating this 2020 season as a “one-off,” for lack of a better term. For those of you who are not comfortable renewing your season tickets for 2020, you will continue to have the rights on your same seats for the 2021 season. Refund options will also be available to those season-ticketholders who renewed seats but are no longer comfortable attending games. It is too early to tell at this point how social distancing protocols will affect sports beyond the fall season, including men’s and women’s basketball games at Lawlor. We can’t wait to be back on the field but for now, our focus is on ensuring that we can do so in a manner that promotes a safe and healthy environment for all. To close, I want share some phenomenal news from the academic side of the house. Our department grade-point average for the spring semester was unbelievable. Our 400-plus student-athletes recorded a 3.11 GPA cumulatively across all sports. That’s up from 2.92 in the fall semester – and from a 3.0 last spring -- as 12 of our 15 sports increased their team GPAs from fall to spring. Congratulations to our women’s golf team for a 3.7 GPA to lead all sports and to our men’s cross country team for leading the way on the men’s side with a 3.4 team GPA To accomplish this feat, while being challenged in ways never seen before with distance learning during a global pandemic, is an amazing accomplishment and we are incredibly proud of the work by our student-athletes, and the support shown by University administration, faculty and our department’s academic advisors. I can’t wait to see you all soon,
  4. About 55 employees affected. Fresno Bee article
  5. Some highlights from the zoom interview on 6/3. 1. Football players will likely return to campus between July 7-14. 2. Each player will be tested. 3. Still finalizing plans to bring back the players with the CSU chancellor's office. 4. CSU Fresno and CSU San Diego have also not filed plans with the chancellor's office. 5. SJSU lost 1.2 million dollars in funding from not having the NCAA men's basketball tournament being played. Third highest in MWC behind CSU's Fresno and San Diego. 6. No layoffs or cuts yet, unless the university requests more than a 15% across the board cuts for every department.
  6. Road trip to the Poke state. Strip Clubs reopen in Wyoming
  7. that the MWC will only stage championships next academic year in Men's and Women's Basketball and football?